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We turned up adhoc on the morning of Monday 26th November, 2012. As you walk past the famous arches of the Old Bailey on your left hand side, downhill, there is a alleyway some 30 - 40 yards away, called Warwick Passageway. Its here where the doors open to the Public galleries at 10.00a.m.
Security is extremely tight as you can imagine. Cameras, phones, food or water are strictly prohibited. Because we arrived by chance, we were laden with all that I mention. A very kind lady in the queue, informed us that if we went back out of the alleyway, turned right up the hill, to the next t junction, more us less opposite is an Estate Agents, that will look after cameras / phones for a small fee. So off we went.
We popped into the Estate Agents and two cheery, kind, helpful guys took our two mobiles and camera, for the small fee of £3.00p. £1.00p per item obviously. They also give you a raffle ticket to be presented on collection.
Once back at the Old Bailey Public Galleries, the Court Clerks were very helpful and informative on the cases, their stage of progress and what would be happening that morning in each case. They did also state, that Monday mornings were usually the most active, in terms of a spectator perspective.
We did go into a murder trial and also a drug gang / money laundering trial.
Rightly or wrongly, on entering the galleries, I got the impression that Judges and Court professionals alike, were pleased to see us in attendance, as long as you abided by the rules. I thought this nice.
I felt an whole range of emotions as I sat there. Excited, scared, worried, intrigued and sorrowful. I felt slightly uneasy, that I was staring down at the accused behind glass partitions, as their lives were to be ruled upon, as I treated it as some form of entertainment for myself.
That said, I could have stayed all day and would return tomorrow. Not sure what to make of that really. It was free though and one memory I will never forget. I did really enjoy it overall.
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